Saturday, 16 February 2019

Lion Air 737 overshoots runway in heavy rain.

A Boeing 737 of Lion Air with 189 people onboard has skidded off the runway in Indonesia during a heavy rain storm today.  The aircraft was performing a flight from between Jakarta and Pontianak in Indonesia when it skidded off the runway.

Local media report that all passengers and crew had evacuated the aircraft and there were no injuries reported. The aircraft, a Boeing 737-800NG had 182 passengers and 7 crew members on board at the time of the accident.

Images from local media show the aircraft with its wheels embedded in the soft turf of the grass at the end of the runway, with some damage visible to the engines and undercarriage.

Polana Pramesti, Director General of Air Relations at the country's Ministry of Transportation, confirmed some details of the incident, ''It is true, the plane slipped due to heavy rain. There were no fatalities and the entire crew survived.''

Flights from the Supadio International Airport were cancelled while airport workers try to move the aircraft from its current position. A full investigation is underway.